Be sure your sin will find you out

Be sure your sin will find you out

Be sure your sin will find you out. – Numbers 32:23

He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out. – Proverbs 10:9

Proverbs 10:8-12

 8 The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.

 9 People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.

 10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.

 11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

 12 Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.

On September 26, 1937, a new radio drama premiered called the Shadow. The Shadow was the main character. He characterized as having “the power to cloud men’s minds.”

The introductory line from The Shadow radio program was, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” It was spoken by actor Frank Readick, made its way into American pop culture.

At the end of each episode, The Shadow reminded listeners that “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit! Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows!”

No matter how successfully we think we have covered up our tracks, our sin will find us out. A life marked by lies and deceit is insecure and subject to exposure. We have seen this happen time and time again in recent years. Even U.S. presidents have been brought down.

Proverbs 10:9 But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

The Hebrew word translated perverts is aqash. Aqash literally means to twist, make crooked, or distort. It can be literally translated “makes his paths crooked,” that is, “behaves deceitfully” (UBS).

The inevitable result is that those who behave deceitfully and twist their ways will be found out, known, exposed. This is a general principle of life, but not necessarily characterized by immediate cause and effect.

“Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). “The righteous secure their place in the world, whereas a life of deception holds only the promise of detection and disgrace” (Garrett).

A wise person is teachable, willing to become wiser. But a bristly, hardened fool does not learn anything. An honest person is secure in his conduct but a person whose paths are crooked (literally, “twisted”), whose conduct is wicked, in contrast with a person of integrity, eventually will be discovered for what he truly is (BKC).

REFLECT & PRAY

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

Father thank You that You know the inner secret hearts of all Your children. You do not wink at our wrongdoing, but instead You expose it and forgive it.

INSIGHT

At any given point in life we make wise choices or ill-advised choices. A life of deceit is like a hole. The bigger it gets the less it contains. It is a paradox. The more deceit increases the more the quality of life decreases. It goes from bad to worse.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” (Sir Walter Scott).

Proverbs 10:10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble, and a babbling fool will come to ruin.

The winking of the eye is a cloaked signal of collusion with wrongdoing. Here winking is the endorsement of misconduct. It could be restated; winking of the eye leads to trouble. Today we speak of making excuses for wrong behavior.

The Hebrew word translated trouble is atstsebeth. Atstsebeth connotes physical or mental pain, as well as emotional sorrow or grief.

What can we do? Proverbs spells it out

Proverbs 10:11-12

 11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

 12 Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.

We choose to live a godly life characterized by love and kindness. As a result, our words will give life to others. We cover and make up for the offenses and transgressions of others through a blanket of forgiveness. Love contributes toward peace because it covers or forgives the faults of others. It does not dwell on those faults. Those who choose righteous living, do not hide or cover-up wrongs, rather they expose and forgive the wrongdoers (UBS).

We always have a choice. We can quarrel and stir up hatred or we can love and forgive offenses.

We are to choose to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ; I do not condemn you either. Go, and sin no more (John 8:11).

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